- Associated Press - Saturday, March 1, 2014
No sign of expansion at plant where UAW dealt loss

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Friday marks the end of the two-week period within which U.S. Sen. Bob Corker promised Volkswagen would announce another line at its factory in Tennessee if workers there rejected representation by the United Auto Workers union.

So far, there’s little sign of any pending announcement.

Workers at the Chattanooga plant ended up voting 712-626 against the UAW, in an election the union claims was tainted by threats and intimidation from Republicans like Corker, Gov. Bill Haslam and state lawmakers.

The UAW last week filed a challenge with the National Labor Relations Board, seeking to have results voided and a new election to be held.

The appeal cited warnings from GOP lawmakers that a pro-union vote would endanger key state incentives to secure the new line at the plant, and Corker’s statements that a vote against the union would be followed in short order an expansion announcement.

“If the UAW is voted down they’re going to come here immediately, within a two week period, and affirm they’re going to build a line here,” Corker told The Associated Press the day before the conclusion of the three-day vote.

___

Search warrants executed in Holly Bobo case

CAMDEN, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has been searching in Decatur and surrounding counties and conducting interviews in the case of a nursing student who has been missing nearly three years.

Holly Bobo was 20 years old when she disappeared from her family’s rural west Tennessee home near Parsons in April of 2011. Her brother told police he saw a man wearing camouflage leading Bobo into the woods.

Search warrants have been executed, and on Friday, state and federal agents were at a home in the Benton County community of Holladay. WSMV-TV reported there were also cadaver dogs on the property.

TBI director Mark Gwyn told reporters at the scene that the investigation there could continue for several days. He said they hope to return Bobo home to her parents.

___

Jury convicts former student in school shooting

Story Continues →